25 Essential LGBTQ Pride Songs

From Sylvester to Perfume Genius to everyone in between, editors pick the most evocative, transformative songs

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Lady Gaga, "Born This Way" (2011)

Forget the (admittedly delicious) Madonna feud it provoked, and focus instead on the anthem's bombastic disco-metal sound and its message of self-love and self-acceptance – as preached by Mother Monster, one of the most steadfast and powerful LGBTQ allies in the world. "I had this sort of 'Eureka!' revelation moment that those three words ‘Born This Way' were the answer to so many questions that I'd been asked over the years: 'Who are you, who are you really?' I was born this way," Gaga told Rolling Stone in 2011. "It gets bigger every day, the meaning of it. Every single day my fans realize the gravity of the words.” –JR

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